How modest fest for minors evolved into a major operation

1971
Giffoni Valle Piana, teen fest topper Claudio Gubitosi starts a unique event for children’s films where kids are jurors. The first winner is Herbert Ross’ “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” remake.

1974
Becomes the Giffoni Film Festival. The first guest is Italian actor and playwright Leopoldo Trieste.

1975
Italian state broadcaster RAI airs first TV coverage of the fest.

1977
Gubitosi secures some public financing and hosts event’s first international confab for directors of films fests around the world dedicated to children’s films.

1980
U.S. helmer Ralph Bakshi’s dark toon “The Lord of the Rings” takes the top pic prize.

1981
Giffoni bows internationally “La boum” (The Party), the hit generational comedy that launched Sophie Marceau’s career.

1982
Francois Truffaut attends and praises fest as “most necessary.” Robert De Niro named honorary citizen of Giffoni.

1983
Italian president Sandro Pertini places Giffoni among country’s most worthy cultural events.

1984
Peter Ustinov and Mario Monicelli attend, while Steven Spielberg sends a 16mm salute.

1988
Louis Malle honored with Giffoni’s first Francois Truffaut prize.

1992
Adding to his original concept, Gubitosi

introduces idea of a

thematic backbone

and talking point for each edition.

That year, it was

“Imaginary Heroes.” This

year, the theme

is “Love.”

1994
According to Italo polls compiler Abacus, Giffoni becomes Italy’s second most popular film event after the Venice film fest.

2000
Giffoni expands beyond Italian confines, launching the Giffoni World Alliance, which brings its format and a selection of films to cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Sydney and Warsaw. Fest currently has some form of exchange with 42 countries.

2002
Giffoni’s Citadel of Cinema is built.

2009
Fest rebrands itself “Giffoni Experience.”

2010
Giffoni’s Multimedia Valley obtains financing and begins construction.

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